Auriga Pool Party

It’s New Years Day and a holiday at Auriga. Hot temperatures mean that a pool party at the dam was in order for everyone with swimming and sunbaking. It’s a hard life being a llama around here 😉

The llamas enjoying sunbaking and swimming during the hot Australian summer.

The llamas enjoying sunbaking and swimming during the hot Australian summer.

Physalis peruviana – Golden Berry

1500 Physalis peruviana (Golden Berry/Inca Berries/Cape Gooseberries)) all off to their new home. The greenhouse looking more spacious now and ready for hundreds of Murtilla – Myrtus ugni (Chilean Guava) cuttings and seedlings.

Physalis peruviana Dec 2012b

Auriga Llamas Cassiopeia

Auriga Llamas Cassiopeia (22)

Welcome to our latest cria Auriga Llamas Cassiopeia born this week to mother Capella and sire: Llama Magic Charlemagne. We love the spots on this pretty girl.

Our first flannel flowers

FIrst Flannel Flower sales for Bolong RIver Produce. Hope there are many more to come.

Bolong River Produce

Our first market stall at St Johns Church Fete Our first market stall at St Johns Church Fete

Incredible exciting…we have just harvested our very first flannel flowers! What’s more they sold out quickly.

After over two years’ of hard work, unexpected disappointments and significant financial investment, the flowers are looking beautiful. Being early in the season there are only a few hundred ‘stems’ available at a time, but by the end of the summer growing period we should have produced many thousands.

Needing to find an outlet suitable for a small quantity we chose our local church fete for our first stand. The size of the ‘audience’ was just right and we were able to test our reactions to our signage, presentation and of course to the flowers themselves.

We had a great morning, with lots of people admiring the flowers and asking about them. And the local newspaper gave us the starring role in their pictorial spread…

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Llama Shearing

This week saw llama shearing at Auriga. Llamas grow a long thick fleece so we shear each spring before the heat of summer. Capella is pictured before and after shearing showing how much of her was fleece.

Thick luxurious fleece.

Thick luxurious fleece.

A cooler choice for summer.

A cooler choice for summer.